22 Family Picnic Essentials

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Wondering what to pack for your family picnic? Here’s our recommended list of 22 essentials.

Having the right family picnic essentials can make all the difference for a fun and hassle-free day out. From comfy seating and handy food storage to games and safety supplies, here are 21 must-haves to ensure everyone has a great time.

Mini Yoto Player 2024 Edition, £59.99

Entertainment on the go has never been easier with the Mini Yoto. Suitable for kids aged 3 – 12, this nifty gadget lets little listeners explore the best audiobooks, music, activities and educational audio on the move. No microphone. No camera. No ads. A must-have family picnic essential!


Cheltenham Lambswool Picnic Blanket, £112

This traditional picnic blanket with fringed ends and practical black waterproof backing has long-handled leather straps, so it’s super easy to carry. These blankets are beautifully made and hardwearing, so they’ll last for many summers to come. Supplied with a purpose-made unbleached cotton drawstring bag for easy storage.


Pura 100% Plastic Free Biodegradable Baby Wipes, £24.49

First rule of parenting – never leave the house without wipes! These ones are made from 100% FSC-certified natural plant-based materials, unlike 90% of UK wipes containing plastic, which take over 100 years to biodegrade. Pura wipes decompose like garden waste, reducing landfill waste and promoting a cleaner planet for your little one.


4 Person Loop Handle Picnic Basket, £124.99

Lightweight yet sturdy, this stylish loop-handle wicker picnic basket is super practical. It comes jam-packed with everything you need for a family picnic.


Boots Baby Insect Net, £7.99

Picnicking in the great outdoors is the ideal spot for a dreamy afternoon nap. Protect your little one from flies, wasps and other creepy crawlies as they drift off into the land of nod under this insect net from Boots.


Hopper® M12 Soft Backpack, £275

The Yeti Hopper Soft Backpack is great for carrying drinks on day trips. The MagShield Access uses strong magnets to keep your cooler closed and leak-proof and the Kangaroo Pocket makes storing your keys, wallet or phone easy.


Stainless Steel Square Food Containers, £32

This set of three square containers is made from food-grade 201 stainless steel, keeping your food fresh and colder for longer. Plastic-free, non-leaching and non-toxic, these containers ensure safe and healthy food storage, making them perfect for your picnic!


b.box Mini Lunchbox, £30.22

Bring a splash of colour to school and more with this sleek and stylish kid’s lunch box designed for kids. This snack box with compartments has a lightweight design that is very easy to open and close for little hands. You can even store the lunchbox inside a freezer ensuring food stays cool while out and about.


Extra Large Picnic Blanket – Unicorn Waves, £70

Made from 100% recycled material, this extra-large picnic blanket is planet-friendly and lightweight, making it easy to carry anywhere. Its waterproof design protects against damp grass and sand and there’s a hole in the middle for an umbrella or parasol. Quick-drying, machine washable, and dryer safe, it’s practical and easy to maintain. Dock and Bay is a Certified B Corp company.


Sage Green My Carry Potty®, £28.99

The UK’s best-selling potty in sage green is a must-have for parents potty-training little cherubs. It’s lightweight, leakproof, and odour-free and a game-changer for getting caught short out and about.


Milton Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser, £3.29

With a 100% plant-based active ingredient, this Milton antibac kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus, in 30 seconds. Alcohol-free, fragrance-free and colour-free, this moisturising formula is dermatologically tested and suitable for children aged 3 months plus. Environmentally friendly, it uses renewable ingredients and recyclable packaging.


Organic Cotton Swaddles 4 Pack, £49.50

aden + anais’ GOTS certified swaddle blankets are consciously crafted with quality and sustainability in mind and they come in handy for so many reasons. From tummy time to burp cloths and a changing mat, they’re the versatile swaddles you never knew you needed!


Mini First Aid Kit, £12.99

A lightweight and compact first aid kit is a must-have on any family adventure. This Mini First Aid Kit is packed with hospital-grade supplies, so you’re prepared for those everyday emergencies. This award-winning kit includes plasters, tweezers, scissors, wipes, bandages, wound pads and burn gel.


smarTrike Traveler Active Stroller, £399

The smarTrike Traveler Active Stroller in Silver White easily transforms from a comfy infant stroller (perfect for naps on the go) to a thrilling toddler trike, all at the push of a button. It’s the ideal picnic companion for little ones!


6 Beeswax Wraps Food Wraps, £27.97

These LFGB and FDA-approved beeswax cloth wraps are made from safe, non-toxic, premium natural ingredients, including certified 100% organic cotton, pure beeswax, jojoba oil and pine tree resin. The wraps seal tightly around your food, protecting it from bugs and flies, while their natural properties keep food fresher for longer.


Omni Breeze Baby Carrier, Olive Green £147.90

Adjustable from newborn to toddler, the ultra-breathable Omni Breeze Baby Carrier offers every carry position you need. With padded lumbar support for extra back comfort, a privacy hood for sun protection and breastfeeding and a detachable front pocket for added convenience, it’s a great go-to for adventures outdoors.


Organic Children Lavender Sun Cream SPF50, £29.99

Suitable for babies and children over 6 months, this natural and organic sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays. Infused with soothing lavender, it’s naturally water-repellent and ocean-friendly with no harmful chemicals. Made in the UK, it’s organic, non-nano, water-repellent, kind to sensitive skin, reef-safe, cruelty-free and vegan. Green People are a proud partner of the Marine Conservation Society.


Strawberries & Cream Insulated Shoulder Tote, £29.99

This insulated shoulder tote is perfect for keeping items fresh until lunchtime. Made from recycled polyester using plastic bottles, it’s an eco-friendly choice. We heart the strawberries and stripes!


Camping Unbreakable Dinner Set, £26.99

Made of BPA-free, food-grade PP, this unbreakable dinner set is lightweight, durable and eco-friendly. Its microwave-safe and reusable dishes are perfect for a family of four. The set includes plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery in four colours. It’s dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.


Toss and Catch Ball Set, £6.75

A family picnic isn’t complete without an outdoor game or two! This set of two Velcro paddles and a ball is perfect for slipping inside your picnic bag, allowing for hours of fun and active play in the park.


VIE After Bite Roll On, £4.75

The Vie Healthcare After Bite Roll-On offers itch relief without ammonia, so it’s safe to use during pregnancy and for babies from 3 months of age. It’s super easy to roll on and soothes insect bites quickly.


Bumbo Floor Seat, £59.99

The Bumbo Floor Seat is a must-have family picnic essential for families with a baby because it provides a safe, supportive place for your little one to sit, allowing them to join in the fun. Its lightweight and portable design means you can take it wherever you go!


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